If you're having trouble sleeping while you are pregnant, you're not alone. Nearly every pregnant woman runs into this problem. But don't worry; there are things you can do to help get a good night's rest.
For morning sickness and upset stomach
- If an upset stomach is keeping you up, try crackers or apple slices just before bedtime
- A light bite may help settle your stomach
- If morning sickness is a problem when you wake, keep some snacks in your bedside table so you can reach for a quick nibble before you get up for the day
Late-night bathroom trips
- To help avoid too many late-night trips to the bathroom:
- Limit your fluid intake in the evening
- Fully empty your bladder each time you go to the toilet
- Cut out caffeine - coffee, tea and cola
Find a comfy sleeping position
- Try lying on your left side with your knees bent.
- Tuck one pillow under your tummy and one between your legs.
- Snuggle up to a body pillow.
- You'll likely roll from side to side during your sleep, which is fine.
- Some women even sleep in a recliner.
Naps are a must
- Your body is working very hard to form a new life, even while you're sleeping.
- Naps are a pregnant woman's best friend. Be kind to yourself and lie down during the day if you need to.
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